Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass (1888)

Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass (1888)
One of my favorite still life subjects of Van Gogh, the cut branch in a glass, I ran across this one with the book behind creating a complicated compositional element. Note also the use of complementary colors, red and green, creating a vibration in the painting.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Alexej von Jawlensky

Happy Birthday Alexej von Jawlensky!! Russian born painter who relocated to Germany, this artist was born in 1864. He entered the Moscow military academy when he was 18 and also studied art at the St, Petersburg Academy of Art. In 1986 he moved to Munich and after exploring various styles of painting he found his true calling in brilliantly colored landscapes and human heads. Considered an Expressionist, Jawlensky is considered the only artist to create art with a meditative quality. His mature work featured simple forms; stylized faces, in strong colors such as the one pictured here.

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